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I’m very excited to announce that I’m finally in my new place, although I still have some moving to do. No, I didn’t move physically, but my crochet blog is finding a new home, as mentioned previously. Thanks to the knowledge and helpfulness of Daisy, my transition has been a great deal easier. She’s definitely my hero of the day!

This will be a step at a time process for me. I have all of my posts on my new site, although a few of my comments didn’t make the trip, and I’m still working on getting my blogroll moved. It looks like I’ll be adding the links one at a time, unless Daisy & I figure out some way to do it in one big swoop. I’m still tweaking my page, too. I haven’t decided completely on a template yet (I may ask my readers for some help on that one), although I do like the one I’m using. I can foresee me learning some good ol’ CSS in the near future to help make this even easier for me. I still have widgets to move, too.

As time goes on, you’ll see less evidence of me here, and everything will be directed to my crochet’s new blogging home. The name has even changed, but I want to make sure everyone has time to make the necessary changes on their own blogs and get the feed changed to reflect the new address. I don’t plan to completely delete this blog–at least not for a long while–since there’s some information here that I know other’s have linked to their own sites. I definitely want to give everyone time to adjust to the move.

With this, I plan to make my web site a little more user friendly. I have ideas for the direction I want to go with it all, not just my crochet, but my creativity in general, and as I said before, it’ll be a step at a time process. My goal is to have a fully functional web site by Spring of 2008. My blog will remain the blog everyone has come to know, so really the only thing that is changing about it is the name and location, although, I will be able to add some other features to it that I couldn’t before.

Without further ado, here’s my new address: http://www.shadetreearts.com/crochetblog/ – The new name will be Shade Tree Crochet, “Hookin’ Under the Shade Tree”. To change it on your blogroll, just use Shade Tree Crochet for short. 🙂

Get ready. This is just the beginning. Some good things are coming.

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My blog is about to change.

For several years now, I’ve owned a domain name that has gone from an e-zine to a photo storage to a front page for the work I do when I’m actually working. Recently I added a photo album so I’d have a place to keep up with all of my family photos besides Flickr. And with Ravelry working on a way to add photos with just a URL, I know I’ll access my own domain more and more.

With that, I’ve decided I want to move my blog over to my domain as well. I have big plans for my crocheting as well as some other ideas, and what better place to get them all started than to give them a home on a domain name I own? With the merge, the name of my blog will eventually change as well. “iCrochet” really isn’t all that unique, especially since Leisure Arts has a book series out with that name. At the time, though, it worked for me…and still does…but eventually I’ll want all things I do creatively to be on my own site.

I’ve been trying to make the move for about 24 hours now, but I’m obviously doing something very wrong. Lucky for me, Daisy over at Knotty Daisy has offered to help me, so hopefully I can get this ball rolling. (See? Ravelry isn’t just yarny things–it’s people helping people in other areas, too.)

I’ll make a post when I get everything working just right. In the meantime, you can catch me “hookin’ under the tree”. 🙂

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Cute Stuff

Have you seen the really cute stuff over at Adorn Magazine on their web exclusives page? If you haven’t, skip on over there and take a look. There’s a couple of crochet patterns in the mix as well as a couple of knitted ones.

I really like the magazine, but admittedly, I haven’t always looked for it in the store. The only places I’ve ever been able to find it is Barnes & Noble and Joann’s, and last time I was at either place, I didn’t notice it on the magazine shelves. I think I’m going to search out the newest issue next time I’m out and about though. It seems to be geared towards that set of crafters that are younger than I am, but it still has a lot of great ideas.

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Overbooked is a “resource for readers providing timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction”.

What book got you hooked on reading? – Discover the top 50 books that got others hooked, as well as read about celebrity favorites. You can support the site in getting books to the people who need them.

Coupon Cabin has free coupons, coupon codes, online coupons, and promotional codes. (I’ve used this web site several times and have gotten free shipping from places like Joann’s & Fashion Bug. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you order things online often.)

The Free Dictionary is not only a definition source, but it is also an enclopedia and thesaurus. The homepage is customizable and has a couple of word-related games such as Hangman (one of my personal favorites), as well as your horoscope & weather, a word of the day, a quote of the day, and an article of the day.

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Xeorox will send a postcard of your choice from their gallery with a message of your choice to the troops overseas. It only takes a second, and no personal information is needed, just your name and home town. Send a card to show them you care by clicking the link below and sending out your own card.

Let’s Say Thanks

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A couple of weeks ago, I got my invitation to join the group of crocheters and knitters at Ravelry, and the site has been taking up my time ever since. It hasn’t been opened to the public just yet, as they’re still working on some bugs and making sure it can handle alot of traffic, but wow! what an awesome site. If you’ve not heard of it, click the link above and go take a look.

I didn’t realize I’d get an invitation to join as one of the Beta Testers when I sent in my name; instead, I thought I’d just get a message when they officially opened to the public. I’m glad I did, though. I’m having a lot of fun over there.

But I’ll be blogging again in the next day or so, as I still have things to talk about!

Also, I wanted to mention that the Viceroy Butterfly Shawl I’ve been working on is officially for sale now. You can find it >here<. It’s been a difficult pattern for me, but only because I’ve never done filet crochet before. Kathy writes her patterns very clearly, and she’s always willing to help if you ever have a problem. I’m still working on mine, but I hope to finish it soon.

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